Seoul, South Korea
In Seoul we'll get a small BoxingM.
The headline bout from the show will see former world champion Yong Soo Choi (30-4-1, 20) fight in his second bout since making his comeback to the sport. The Korean veteran will be up against Filipino Nelson Tinampay (11-3-1, 5) in a bout for the WBC EPBC silver Lightweight title. For Tinampay, the much younger fighter, the bout is a chance to make a name for himself whilst Choi will be looking to leave another mark on the sport more than 20 years after claiming the WBA Super Featherweight title.
This card will also feature a couple of Korean Welterweight bouts, as a Korean tournament moves into it's semi final stages. One of those will see the 6'2" Ji Soo Jung (2-0, 1) battle against the 5'9" Kwang Min Choi (2-0, 1), in what could look like a rather peculiar bout between men with a 5” height difference between the two men.
One other bout of note on this card will see promising puncher Hyun Min Yang (3-0, 3) take on Jae Hyuk Shin (2-0, 1) in a clash of unbeatens.
In the Philippines fans see a small card in Quezon.
The card is headlined by a bout between former OPBF title challenger Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-3-5, 2) and Ryan Rey Ponteras (18-11-1, 9). On paper this doesn't look that attractive but the reality is that both of these men are interesting fighters. Although Cagucob was stopped by Daigo Higa he did show some ability and Ponteras has won his last 5, and proven to be a handful in the past with a controversial DQ loss to Go Onaga and a stoppage win over Rusalee Samor being genuinely notable results.
Another man of note on this card is former world title challenger Rommel Asenjo (31-5, 23) who takes a stay busy bout against compatriot JC Francisco (6-13-6, 2). This should be a mismatch in favour of Asenjo but the 2-time world title challenger has been in tough before and it's worth wondering just how long his career will go on. Asenjo might be 28 years old but in boxing he's an old 28.
This Saturday is a busy day for Asian fight fans with bouts across Asia and an international bout of note.
The most significant bout in many ways for Asian fight fans is in the UK as former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20) travels to Leeds to face off against the unbeaten Josh Warrington (22-0, 4) in a bout for the WBC International Featherweight title. For Amagasa the bout is a huge opportunity to prove himself as a world class contender, and a win could propel him to a much wanted shot at a Featherweight title. For Selby the bout could help him secure his own world title fight. A lot on the line for this one, and potentially it could be a fire cracker.
In Japan the action really doesn't stop this week and this time it's the turn of Woz who have a show in Kyoto.
In the main event Japanese Lightweight champion Kota Tokunaga (17-2, 11) will be defending his title against the teak tough Nihito Arakawa (26-6-1, 16). This will be Tokunaga's third defense of the title and by far the toughest with Arakawa looking to become a 2-time champion. If Tokunaga wins it does really legitimise him as the Japanese champion, and although Arakawa is a faded force we suspect he'll be more than a handful for the champion.
In the chief support bout fans will see former Japanese Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (15-1, 10) attempt to bounce back from his first loss, a disappointing stoppage defeat by Marlon Tapales, and face off against Indonesia's Espinos Sabu (15-8-2, 8). On paper this looks like a very easy win for Omori however Sabu can be a handful on his day and could well give Omori the type of bout that he needs.
In South Korea the KBF put on the next of their rookie shows, despite it being a rookie card the real interest is in the main event, which sees former world champion Yong Soo Choi (29-4-1, 19) return to the ring, at the age of 43. The former WBA Super Featherweight champion will face Japanese visitor Kazuya Nakano (9-5-1, 7), in what will be Choi's first bout in over 13 years. At his best Choi was a wonderfully exciting fighter, however that was back in the 1990's, and this is now and Choi is really unlikely to resemble the fighter he once was.
The lowest profile Asian card of the day comes from Malaysia where A & A Promotions put on a small, but notable card.
The main event of this show will see the unbeaten Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (5-0, 5), from Uzbekistan, face Mexican Juan Bedolla Orozco (9-2-2, 8) for the lightly regarded WPBF Youth Welterweight crown. This looks like a good test on paper but the reality is that the unbeaten 22 year old should be strongly favoured.
Another bout of note from this card will see Jonathon Yeow Ming (1-0, 1) battle against Indonesian veteran Heri Andriyanto (21-21-2, 10). This is a massive test for the Malaysian based Ming and if he comes through it in impressive fashion he will deserve a lot of plaudits for taking on such a test at this early stage in his career.